16 Jun 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review - Colours and Carousels Scottish Lifestyle Blog

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Okay, we all know that I am not a loyal customer. I like to try new brands, new systems and new technologies. I am not an Apple fangirl, but I'm also not anti-Apple. I adore my iPad and genuinely find it to be one of the better suited tablets for me. My iPod rarely leaves my side and again, no other portable music player really compares for me. However my iPhone? Meh. Take it or leave it.

When the end of my contract rolled around I decided to leave it. I was fed up of limited customisation options, a shitty rubbish battery and those stupid chargers. I didn't want to open up a new phone, sign in to my iCloud account and have everything sitting there. It may sound like hassle, but I like getting something new! It's been a while since I had an Android phone and I was pretty excited to see what they had to offer, so I decided to go for the Samsung Galaxy S6.

I had been planning on leaving Vodafone but after doing a bit of shopping around they had the best deal for this phone as well as an extra discount through my mum's work, so I get unlimited texts & minutes with 6gb of mobile data (4G included) for less than what I was paying for unlimited texts, 600 minutes and 500mb of data with them before. Plus, I have unlimited data for the first three months and also benefit from their Eurotraveller package meaning I can use my contract abroad for £3 a day. I had been tempted by Three's apparent lack of roaming costs, but after looking in to it it was pretty limited and didn't apply to any of the countries I plan on visiting in the next year or so.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review - Colours and Carousels Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review - Colours and Carousels Scottish Lifestyle Blog

The Phone

There were a few key selling points for this phone that swayed me towards picking the Samsung Galaxy S6 over another iPhone, one of which being the battery. Whilst it's nothing phenomenal it's still considerably better than what I've experienced from any of my Apple devices and the speed at which it charges is kind of crazy! It also allows for wireless charging which isn't something I've tested yet, but I am kind of tempted to spend a stupid amount of money on this lamp from Ikea purely for the novelty. In reality I am planning on ordering a little pad from le interwebs at some point.

Another big selling point for me is the camera, the quality is just fantastic. I did also consider the LG G4 as it boasts a full manual mode option for it's camera, but as I already have a DSLR it's not really something I was looking for in a phone. Otherwise they are practically identical and after reading this in depth comparison I decided that the S6 was more suited to me. I made the right decision! With 16 megapixels and a 1.9f aperture it's ideal for snaps on the go and from first glance seems like it would be a good alternative to lugging my DSLR around with me.

The front camera is also annoyingly good despite the deceivingly low megapixel count - my Snapchats seem all the more hideous now - but it's astounding in comparison to the camera I had to deal with before. I'll just need to up my makeup game now! As well as that it's proving to be a handy little vlogging tool, as I'm hoping to show you all on Sunday morning over on my channel.

Other cool features include a heart rate monitor which can also be used to snap selfies, fingerprint recognition and the little flashing LED notifier which makes me feel like I have a Blackberry again. These might be a given for some, but having upgraded from a relatively dated iPhone 4S I feel like they are the future.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review - Colours and Carousels Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review - Colours and Carousels Scottish Lifestyle Blog

The Operating System

Android is a pretty easy system to get used to, especially seeing as I've used it in the past. I was able to get all of my usual apps with very little hassle at all and I've not had to sacrifice any of my beloved games either. A big plus to the Android system is the addition of widgets, allowing me to personalise my homescreen just how I like it. The voice recognition - which I don't often use - is much better than that of the iPhone 4S, I don't even need to put on a posh voice for it to pick me up!

One of the major differences between Android and iOS is the sheer amount of customisation options. Not only do you get the funky little widgets, you also get themes! I am totally amazed by this concept. I can't decide which one to go for! It's like having a brand new phone every time I download one. There are so many options for differing tastes and preferences, both free and premium.

Another feature which I have been really enjoying is the S Health app, which I suppose is similar to the iOS Health app but that wasn't really fully available for the 4S. I can see all of my health and fitness based apps in the one place as well as a rundown of how active I've been throughout the day, how much water I've consumed and a graph of my recorded heart rates. Surprisingly this has been quite motivating for me as it's pushing me to get out and walk more so I can beat the targets it sets for me.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review - Colours and Carousels Scottish Lifestyle Blog

The Verdict

I think it's love. It's so nice to have a phone that works all of the time and can take a decent photograph. I think it's much better quality than the iPhone offers at the moment and without the prestigious price they demand. If the iPhone ups it's game then I would maybe give it a go in the future, but for now I am definitely a Galaxy girl.

Are you an Android or an Apple user? Do you have a preference or are you not all that bothered, like me?


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